Time to saddle up for the BMCC 2018 AGM

Brighton Mitre Cycling Club’s annual general meeting will take place upstairs at the Poet’s Ale & Smoke House on Montgomery Street, Hove, from 19.00 on Wednesday 21 February.

This is your annual opportunity to have a direct say in the future of our club. So please make an effort to come along and join the discussions.

If the prospect of the AGM isn’t enough to tempt you out on a school night, following this year’s formalities there will be assorted fun and games organised by Paul ‘The Ringmaster’ Hulse
 and Tony ‘Social Secretary’ Milsom. Expect the excitement to end around 10pm.

If you have any topics you’d like to propose for discussion at the AGM, please email Elaine Burroughs as soon as possible.

As ever, one of the agenda items will be filling committee positions for the coming year. If you are interested in putting yourself forward for any of the following positions, please note that you will need a proposer and seconder at the AGM.

Committee positions

  • Chairman
Club secretary
  • Treasurer
Membership secretary
  • Social secretary
  • Women’s membership secretary
Road racing secretary
Track racing secretary
Time trial
  • Cyclo-cross secretary

The full address of the Ale & Smoke House is 33 Montgomery Street, Hove BN3 5BF.

2018 time trial events

Time trialling is cheap and easy.

Well, easy is perhaps not quite the right word.  It’s actually very hard. It’s not called the race of truth for nothing. It’s all about you and the clock. No excuses, no respite.

But what is easy is trying it out. Check out the newly published list of club events for 2018 and why not make this the year that you stop thinking about doing a TT and actually do one?

Ride and watch Tour de France stage 9 Roubaix – Rough Agenda

Mitre TDF Roubaix Trip

A trip to see the climbers bounce over the cobbles

Friday 13th July
Catch the overnight ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe

Saturday 14th
Eurotunnel then
Drive to Lille near the route of the TDF to Roubaix
Book in to hotel
Go for a 50 mile ride along the route where possible
Compare punctures.
Evening meal and a sneaky Leffe

Sunday 15th
Ride to Mons-en-Pevele to watch race
Compare bidons, photos, sunburn and tour swag
Ride back to cars and drive to Dieppe to catch evening ferry or Eurotunnel

It’s a way off but nows the time to book the hotel and transport

Need volunteers with cars

Working on a 2 share room 4 share car basis contribute to petrol and overseas insurance if required
costs to be around £50-£60 each plus whatever you eat drink – plus buy beers for car driver ( not when they are driving btw)

If your interested let Tony know

BMCC Club ride on Zwift Thursdays 19.25


Just because it is cold dark and icy doesn’t mean club rides are not on.

BMCC Club rides on Zwift
BMCC Club rides on Zwift

Assuming you have a turbo trainer then Zwift is relatively straight forward.

A “smart” turbo trainer is really what Zwift was designed for,  increasing resistance for hills and reducing the load when drafting.

Quite realistic for a virtual world, if that makes any sense.

A free 25KM trial is available

INSTRUCTIONS To Join the club ride ( Thursday 19:25 )

When all set up and on Zwift…

BMCC weekly Training ride

  1. Go to ‘events’ in the mobile app or by logging in online.
  2. Scroll down to 1925 BMCC Club ride
  3. click ‘join’
  4. it will ask if you want to set a reminder. – err yes
  5. You may want to warm up for a few minutes
  6. Then when the time comes, hop on your bike, log in and select ‘ride’ and it will pop up and ask if you want to ride the event you’ve joined.
  7. You are then placed in a holding pier with everyone else on a virtual turbo until it’s time to go.
  8. If you are late you can still join. Just make sure you are pedalling fast when it drops you into the bunch or else you will fly right out the back
  9. Enjoy it


Some tips

Essentials:  Towel,  Electric Fan, Drinks, Understanding neighbours

The associated app is quite good

For keyboard warriors:

F1 stick out elbow
F3 shout "ride on" and cringe slightly
F7 shout "I'm toast"  - clearly if you can key F7 your not
F8 bike bell (aww)
F10 Screen capture - to go on Strava probably

Number keys
3 first person shooter view 
8 Helicopter view 

Other keys
M Group message ( for messages such as "please wait for me")
SpaceBar  use the power up thingy ( to go faster)